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    This is a rare shot of the Florida Bobcat taken in the Guana Reserve.

    Sunday morning offered up one the most elusive and beautiful animals (at least for me) that resides in our maritime forest, the Florida Bobcat. As I was wondering some small trails and marshes of the wildlife preserve, I literately walked up on a large bobcat near the side of a trail staring directly at me. At first I couldn’t believe my eyes, and he too, seemed as startled by my early morning presence. As its tail flickered back and fourth, my first reaction was to get on the ground and shoot as many photos as I could, knowing that he would quickly dart back into the scrub forest, but to my amazement, he was more interested in chasing a few butterflies that fluttered about, so I watched this cat go back and forth stalking these little creatures. In one final moment of defiance, he laid sprawled on the sandy trail and looked right at me, then as quick he was gone. The wild cat’s photos are still being analyzed by GMTNERR’s Jake FitzRoy, whose has through knowledge of our area’s animal species for confirmation as to the sex, etc. Speculation is that it’s a male cat, approximately 25lbs, and about 3ft long, not including his short tail. “Each adult maintains and defends an intrasexually exclusive home range” according to Bobcat Ecology; a research, conservation, and ecology website. Meaning, the male and female cats will not allow others of the same sex within their territories. Male cats have a home range of about 4900 acres, females of 2900 acres, and the GTMNERR has approximately 11500+/- this would only leave a few cats within this territory, making them a rare site indeed. Technical data;Canon 50d, exposure 1/400 f3.5 at 300mm, ISO 250 GPS coordinates:30 2 6 n 81 20 19 w

    Laura A. McElroy, turtle3313, and 5 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Galeon Fotografia 112 months ago | reply

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    3. Mauricio Mejía 112 months ago | reply

      nice looking fella! cool pic.

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    4. Laura A. McElroy 112 months ago | reply

      Fabulous portrait!!!

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    5. mark.newbery 112 months ago | reply

      Great capture!!

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    6. turtle3313 112 months ago | reply

      great capture!!!!

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    7. cato35 112 months ago | reply

      What did you do, sing the cat a lullaby? I can't imagine this cat lying still while you walked up the trail.

      Awesome Photos.

    8. Carol Bailey-White 112 months ago | reply

      Wow, that is just spectacular! What a wonderful sighting.

    9. tsiya 112 months ago | reply

      Fine catch! Years ago there was a bobcat in Guana who liked to watch people launch canoes. It hung out on the east side of the lake, next to A1A.

    10. p simmons 109 months ago | reply

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    11. Wildphotography - Barry Rowan 92 months ago | reply

      Sounds like a really great encounter. Nice photos too!!

    12. cbrownlee8289 91 months ago | reply

      very nice, around what trail did you find this bobcat on?

    13. Tatarine 72 months ago | reply

      Outstanding, Craig! And your narrative of the experience certainly doesn't detract from the picture - rather it adds to the interest element! I've watermarked this picture with your name and "creative commons" and scheduled it to be shared on 11 November 2012 at: www.facebook.com/OpticsReviewercom

      Thank you!

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